The leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) earned that common name due to its pattern of dark saddles and spots on their fins and upper body. Underneath they are a silver or bronze colour with a pale underbelly. The genus Triakis is from the Greek word triakis, meaning "three pointed," like their three pointed teeth; the species name semifasciata means "half-banded," such as the distinctive bands on this shark. They are a relatively small animal, only getting up to 2.13 m (7 ft) with most being no larger than 1.83 m (6 ft).
One of the best things about conferences is the amazing people one gets to meet while there. The people you meet make and break a conference experience and TFUI Founder Melissa feels lucky that she's met nothing but inspiring and supportive peers. Emma-Louise Nicholls is one of these people. She and Melissa met at a conference in the UK and have stayed in touch since then. We were lucky enough that Emma had some spare time in her busy schedule to talk to us about what she does (it's like nothing we've ever talked about at TFUI). Dive on in!
Purple Eagle Ray (Myliobatis hamlyni) is… well, as the name says: purple. But, it can also be a green-grey colour, which mixes into an olive brown on its disc edges. Their underbelly is a creamy colour, while their tail varies from a creamy white to a purple colour. Like other rays, they do have a venomous stinger.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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